Lots of ups- Lots of downs

Due to a strange series of events I ended up going to the Temple on Saturday morning with a Spanish missionary in our zone to see his recent convert take out her endowment.  It was a good trip and it was very refreshing to be able to go back to the temple sooner than expected.

Elder May and I found this waaaaay drunk lady tracting (behind the first door too!) We weren’t sure if teaching her would do any good at that point but as soon as we mentioned we were missionaries she insisted that we come in and talk with her.  As soon as we sat down she started reading to us from “Our Daily Bread” a Christian book with stories and a parables that highlight principles from Bible scriptures.  She said she wanted to be baptized so we set up a return appointment for the next day even though we were pretty sure she wouldn’t remember talking to us.  We went back the next day and she didn’t answer the door even though we were 99% sure she was home.  Oh well.  We’ll keep working with her.

Our RC Brandy moved out of the ward and went back to her abusive ex boyfriend and is drinking and doing drugs again.  Turns out she has been lying to us this whole time.  I feel bad for baptizing someone and having them go less active instantly but I don’t know what else we could have done for her.

Liz Pierce came to church and took the sacrament for the first time.  She was really confused when the sacrament started, so I opened up the hymn book and had her read “In Memory of the Crucified”.  She instantly understood what was going on and enjoyed herself after that.  She is a very spiritual person and loves God, she just has some extremely deep spiritual wounds we need to help take care of before she can be baptized.  Our plan is to teach her tonight about how the Gospel of Jesus Christ really works and how she needs to repent and give her a new date for baptism, then we are working with our Ward Mission Leader to start getting her going to the Addiction Recovery Program and meeting with the Bishop.  She is very elect and would be an awesome member of the church.  I hope we will be able to help her.

Madison is struggling with smoking and other things she doesn’t want to talk about with us so we are putting her on the back burner for a while and having the Bishop work with her.  We will keep teaching her but it will be a while before she is baptized I think.  Candi Benavidez quit smoking on Wednesday but then couldn’t make it to church because the family was sick. Lots of ups, lots of downs, but nothing we can’t handle with the Lord’s help


           -Elder Emmett Florence

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